How Did Renee Zellweger Lose Weight?

Renee Zellweger Before and After Weight Loss

She'll go to any length to play any character she's given, making her one of the highest-paid actresses.

Renee Zellweger is a name you’ve undoubtedly heard of if you’re not familiar with her. She has starred in a number of films, including Jerry Maguire and Chicago. Her popularity has stayed stable since the early 2000s, but it plummeted in 2014 after she underwent a big transformation.
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The drastic transformation includes a substantial weight loss and a makeover from brown to blonde. Many people speculated about whether she had undergone plastic surgery, but most thought it was due to weight management.
She is, after all, one of the most stunning actresses of all time. In fact, some say she doesn’t appear like she’s undergone any form of plastic surgery since she looks so natural. Let me tell you, it wasn’t surgery that gave this stunning actress her current appearance; it was diet and exercise.

Renee Zellweger's Weight Loss Tricks

The main keys to Renee’s successful weight loss:

  • She went on a diet and started exercising
  • She promotes Zone Diet, which is 40:30:30 carbohydrate, fat, and protein ratio
  • It is speculated she also went on Atkins Diet
  • She goes to the gym six times a week for cardio training, which include running five miles on treadmill and elliptical trainer
  • She lost weight for her role as Judy Garland

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Renee Zellweger gained weight for her role in "Diary of Bridget Jones."

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The Oscar-winning actress gained 31 pounds of weight in preparation for the third installment of the “Diary of Bridget Jones” series. Over the years, she gained and lost weight for the franchise’s succeeding features. Her continual weight changes, on the other hand, took a toll on her, and she frequently suffered panic attacks as a result.

She gained weight by eating a high-calorie diet that included over 20 doughnuts per day, burgers with potatoes, milkshakes, pizza, and pasta, but she swiftly dropped her 4,000-calorie-per-day diet once filming was through.

At that time, she told CNN: “I was very successful until we started to do night shoots. They just leave you so fatigued and with absolutely no appetite and I was repulsed at the thought of those obligatory Snickers bars.”

In a separate statement to the New York Post, she also discussed the lengths to which she is ready to go in order to do justice to the character she is portraying. “It was so silly,” she said.

“The 20-doughnuts-a-day rumors, and the ‘Does she look better Bridget-y or bony?’ questions. “I didn’t understand the fascination with it. It’s just my job. You’re supposed to look like the characters you play, and that’s all I was doing.”

Renee sought medical advice before beginning any weight-loss or weight-gain program.

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Renee didn’t start on a diet without first visiting a doctor. The actress sought medical advice to gain weight safely until she hit 140 pounds.

“I never thought about it as a health problem or a potential threat until I saw that,” she continued. “I listened to doctors give him advice about stopping what he’s doing immediately because of the severe long-term repercussions.”

Renee Zellweger's therapy was going to the gym.

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In addition, the Texas native stopped exercising throughout shooting, but resumed when the project was completed in January 2004. “It feels good to finally go to the gym after nine months of not getting to,” she disclosed in one of her interviews with Oprah Winfrey.

Furthermore, Renee told SELF magazine in October 2008 that she goes to the gym six days a week to conduct cardio training including running five miles on the treadmill and elliptical trainer.

“The gym is my therapy. I’ve got to get stuff out…The perk of going and spending time by myself and getting my head straight and thinking through what might be bothering me is that I get fit. That’s not the goal, but it’s a nice by-product.”

She even described running as the major outlet in her life in a May 2009 interview with Glamour magazine, saying, “It’s my solitude, and I need it.”

“It’s my outlet, the one thing I do during the day that’s mine and mine alone,” she stated. “I don’t want to work with a trainer, and I don’t want to go with friends to the gym. It’s my solitude, and I need it.”

Renee shed pounds in order to play Judy Garland.

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Renee’s weight fluctuated several times over her career, and when she was selected to play Judy Garland, she was once again needed to modify her weight to fit the part precisely, albeit this time she was expected to lose weight.

The character proved to be the most challenging task of her career, but she stepped up to the plate and cut her calorie intake to an “extreme 500-calories-a-day diet,” as reported by National Enquirer.

She lost 24 pounds and dropped below 100 pounds, which is unhealthy for her body and anyone attempting to lose weight. Renee returned to her regular diet when the filming was finished, and she was able to regain her prior weight.

What is Renee Zellweger's Diet all about?

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Renee has attempted a number of high-profile diets over her life. She has been a vocal promoter of the Zone Diet, which emphasizes a 40:30:30 carbohydrate, fat, and protein ratio.
There are also speculations that the actress has attempted the Atkins Diet, which is a high-fat, low-carb diet, as well as a macrobiotic diet, which consists mostly of low-fat, high-fiber meals.

Has Renee Zellweger Had Any Cosmetic Procedures?

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Renee was also rumored to have undergone surgery to lose weight, aside from suspicions regarding the diet she attempted. In one of In Touch Weekly’s magazine issues, she was reported to have had a breast augmentation after showing up to a couple premieres with a noticeably larger bust-line.

Her cup size looked to have expanded in an abnormal way, according to a few blogging doctors, and in April 2008, her face was the subject of speculations when she appeared in the premiere of the film “Leatherheads,” appearing like she had gotten Botox injections or other facial procedures.

Although the actress never admitted to having cosmetic surgery, she always credited her weight loss to diet and exercise.

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